Living in Portland

As an active, urban area, the Portland metropolitan area affords many opportunities. Whether it's city life, country living, or somewhere in between, you'll find something that fits your interests in the area. Portland offers a culturally diverse setting in which to live and work. It's a place where there really is something for everyone!

Located in the heart of the Pacific Northwest, ample opportunities for outdoor activities exist for those who live in Portland. With an abundance of rivers, and both a coastline and major mountain peak within 1.5 hours, there is never a shortage of outdoor activities year round. Whether it's hiking in Forest Park or the Columbia Gorge, enjoying the snow on Mount Hood, rock climbing at Smith Rock State Park, fishing, mushrooming in the forest, camping, or pedaling away on your bicycle, if you like to be outside, you'll be able to do it here! And, there's likely to be a group you can join to meet up with like-minded people.

Interested in festivals? Well, don't fret; we've got you covered. Although something is always available year round, summer is festival season here in Portland. Choose from the nationally recognized Mount Hood Jazz Festival, the Portland Blues Festival, the Bite (sampling of local restaurants), Brew Fest (yep, you guessed it, beer!), the annual Greek Festival, the Cinco de Mayo Festival, or Portland's own week-long Rose Festival; or, do them all! The number of celebrations, festivals, and cultural events is simply too large to list. A group you're interested in? I bet there's a festival for it here.

Into music? With a vibrant local music scene, along with being a typical stop for national tours of the likes such as Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran. Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw, Beyoncé, Justin Timberlake, and so many more, you better bring your ear plugs.

Additionally, we have local and national theater productions galore, national comedic acts, Broadway touring groups, Cirque Du Soleil, an amazing wine country, the highest number of microbreweries per capita in the nation, and wonderful restaurants of all varieties and price points.

We like to tell people that it rains a lot in Portland, and it's actually true. But, mostly those of us who live here like to exaggerate this fact so that we keep others away! It's so awesome here that we want it to ourselves. Alas, however, people often come for a visit, a training experience, or some other reason and never leave! Just ask the myriad psychology faculty who moved from across the country to complete internships or post-doctoral fellowships and stayed!